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Meaning of ENTERTAIN

Pronunciation:  `entur'teyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  take into consideration, have in view; "He entertained the notion of moving to South America"
  2. [v]  maintain; as of a theory, thoughts, or feelings; "bear a grudge"; "hold a grudge"
  3. [v]  provide entertainment for

ENTERTAIN is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: flirt with, harbor, harbour, hold, nurse, think about, think of, toy with
 See Also: amuse, contemplate, disport, divert, experience, feel, host, socialise, socialize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En`ter*tain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Entertained}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Entertaining}.] [F. entretenir; entre between
    (L. inter) + tenir to hold, L. tenere. See {Tenable}.]
    1. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service;
       to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
       You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred. --Shak.
    2. To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to
       receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as
       a guest.
             Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby
             some have entertained unawares.       --Heb. xiii.
    3. To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that
       which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert; as, to
       entertain friends with conversation, etc.
             The weary time she can not entertain. --Shak.
    4. To give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive
       and take into consideration; to admit, treat, or make use
       of; as, to entertain a proposal.
             I am not here going to entertain so large a theme as
             the philosophy of Locke.              --De Quincey.
             A rumor gained ground, -- and, however absurd, was
             entertained by some very sensible people.
    5. To meet or encounter, as an enemy. [Obs.] --Shak.
    6. To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep
       in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain
    7. To lead on; to bring along; to introduce. [Obs.]
             To baptize all nations, and entertain them into the
             services institutions of the holy Jesus. --Jer.
    Syn: To amuse; divert; maintain. See {Amuse}.
  2. \En`ter*tain"\, v. i.
    To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he
    entertains generously.
  3. \En`ter*tain"\, n. [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]
    Entertainment. [Obs.] --Spenser.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Entertainments, "feasts," were sometimes connected with a public festival (Deut. 16:11, 14), and accompanied by offerings (1 Sam. 9:13), in token of alliances (Gen. 26:30); sometimes in connection with domestic or social events, as at the weaning of children (Gen. 21:8), at weddings (Gen. 29:22; John 2:1), on birth-days (Matt. 14:6), at the time of sheep-shearing (2 Sam. 13:23), and of vintage (Judg. 9:27), and at funerals (2 Sam. 3:35; Jer. 16:7).

The guests were invited by servants (Prov. 9:3; Matt. 22:3), who assigned them their respective places (1 Sam. 9:22; Luke 14:8; Mark 12:39). Like portions were sent by the master to each guest (1 Sam. 1:4; 2 Sam. 6:19), except when special honour was intended, when the portion was increased (Gen. 43:34).

The Israelites were forbidden to attend heathenish sacrificial entertainments (Ex. 34:15), because these were in honour of false gods, and because at such feast they would be liable to partake of unclean flesh (1 Cor. 10:28).

In the entertainments common in apostolic times among the Gentiles were frequent "revellings," against which Christians were warned (Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:21; 1 Pet. 4:3). (See BANQUET.)

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